Bill Simmons is bringing out the big guns at HBO. The sports and media personality has started filling out the creative team for his upcoming program at the pay cable network, and it includes several impressive Daily Show alums. HBO and Simmons on Thursday announced that The Daily Show’s Stuart Miller will serve as executive producer on the forthcoming talk show, set to bow later this year, while fellow Daily Show alum Jason Ross will serve as head writer and TV vet and essayist Kim Gamble will serve as co-executive producer.
Adrian Wojnarowski was working at 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, because that’s what he does. He received a tip that the Phoenix Suns just fired coach Jeff Hornacek. The timing couldn’t have been better for his recently launched NBA site on Yahoo Sports, The Vertical with Woj. Wojnarowski woke up Joe Garza, the site’s managing editor. “I apologized to his wife,” Wojnarowski said. Garza quickly rallied the troops. Within a few hours, The Vertical not only posted Wojnarowski’s scoop, but also a package of analysis pieces examining the Suns’ next steps. They included Chris Mannix’s story that former Phoenix great Steve Nash could be an option as the new coach.
It shouldn’t be any surprise as to Wojnarowski’s mission for the site. “First and foremost, we want to give people information they can’t get anywhere else,” Wojnarowski said. “News drives traffic. We will try to break news every day. News and storytelling has to be your spine.”